Staying Cyber Safe

Today is the end of BC Aware Days. This is a province wide campaign that highlights the importance of being cyber safe. The following was written by a member of our Operations Team, Justin Manaois.
Every day new advances, integrations and modules are added to the technological giant called the Internet. Companies, organizations, residents and families utilize it daily to help make our lives easier. Like to find the best route to work, to find the nearest grocery store or connecting with family and friends around the world.
The Internet has proved to be vital to the lives of many people, however there are people and organizations trying to use this vulnerability. It is important that we all understand that though the Internet is helpful and easy to access, but we still need to protect our information to avoid ransomware cases, viruses and hackers.
There are some best practices to using the Internet. Below are a few steps to minimize your risk of being hacked, but it will also help you practice safer internet use that you can pass down to all your loved ones:
1. Change your password consistently.
At least change your password twice a year because this helps create frustration with hackers as they try to figure out your password. Passwords could take months to hack!
2. Make your password complex.
Adding a symbol, a capital letter and numbers will make it more difficult to be hacked. Rule of thumb, don’t make your password anything personally related to you, like family member names or birthdates.
3. Always use trusted/protected websites.
If you’re on a website that looks suspicious or there seems to be multiple pop-ups, don’t browse it.
4. Don’t post too much personal information.
Be careful not to post too much information on social media. Hackers can see this and try to learn more about you.
5. Have healthy paranoia.
Approach with caution. If you don’t trust someone, a website, ad, email or an account, don’t entertain it.
Pictured above is Rob, one of Elim’s longest serving volunteers helping a resident with his computer.